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Senior Landscape Architecture Project By: Jared Gorby & Andrew McKee

Jared Gorby

on 20 December 2010

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Greenschool? Project Description Woodburn Site vs. locating a school at the Mileground intersection is expensive, dangerous to children, inefficient community planning, holds an unsustainable dependency on automobile transportation, and violates state laws. Redeveloping the exisiting Woodburn Elementary school would be certifiably greener while providing a national model for sustainable education. increases emmissions, further deteriorating the already poor air quality on site. Empty coalmines Increased auto dependancy millions to fill. Unscrupulous development or Sustainable design problem statement To develop an argument for a consolidated green school on the existing Woodburn Elementary School site in response to the Mon BOA's proposed Easton-Woodburn elementary school at the intersection of the WV 705 and US 119 (Mileground Road.) Summary Mileground Site The existing Woodburn Elementary School is located south-east of downtown Morgantown in the suburban Woodburn neighborhood. The school is surrounded by residential houses and a sloping plot of vegetation. The 4 acre site has enough room to construct a new consolidated elementary school. A majority of the current site is already owned by the Monongahela BOA and the possibility of acquiring additional adjacent land is highly possible. The proposed site for the Easton-Woodburn Consolidated Elementary School will be located a few miles north-east of the current site and downtown Morgantown. This site at the intersection of WV 705 and US 119 is a major vehicular pathway and is surrounded by strip malls, an airport, and an increasing number of apartment complexes and town homes. This proposed site sits atop pasture and farmland, which is owned and operated by West Virginia University. The land has previously been mined for coal and may potentially be unsuitable for development. A “Green School” is defined as a school building or facility that creates a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money. “A school should be a
thought–built good–time
place for happy children—with some light overhead, the school building should regard the children as a garden in the sun.”

—Frank Lloyd Wright We hope our solution to be a national model for a green school. We aspire to create a community based plan that represents the wants and needs of the local families by providing them with a interactive school within a safe environment for their children to learn not only general education but sustainable living as well. Placement of the school outside the neighborhood decentralizes the community, creating disconnects between the children and their surroundings. bussing decentralizes BOA wants to build on the Mileground which WVU currently owns. The New Woodburn Community School Initiative proposes instead to build on the current Woodburn site which the BOA already mostly owns. Introduction lay beneath the Mileground site costing We have focused on three case studies to help aid us in the process of our project. These case studies include; in Third Creek Elementary SchoolStatesville, NC, Clearview Elementary, in Hanover, PA and Manassas Park Elementary and Pre-School in Manassas Park, Virginia. Project methods project Support
chris Haddox, LEED AP Chris is leading the development of an interdisciplinary initiative in sustainable design in the Division of Design & Merchandising at West Virginia University. His interest in sustainable design and green building was aroused and honed during his 9.5 years as Executive Director of Mon County Habitat for Humanity in Morgantown, West Virginia.

With an on-the-job education in sustainable design and a desire to lessen his impact on the environment, Haddox has become Green Advantage Certified and obtained his LEED Professional Accreditation. Both organizations promote sustainability, green building practices and principles.

He now hopes to inspire students to increase their knowledge of sustainability and green design. He stresses that there isn’t a right or a wrong way to use green design because it will vary from project to project; however, he wants to make sure students have a full pallet of tools enabling them to make informed decisions.

Being a resident of the Woodburn community, and having children in attendence to the school, chris shares a strong personal connection to the project and is a main contributor to the New Woodburn Community School Initiative. project Support
RYan K. Hess, LEED AP Hess is a 2009 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture, where he earned a Master of Architecture degree researching total building performance and sustainable solutions for the built environment.

Upon graduation, Ryan became a LEED AP with the United States Green Building Council. Prior to post graduate study at Carnegie Mellon, he earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree at West Virginia University. Unscrupulous development or Sustainable design Greenschool? “Our architecture reflects truly as a mirror.” -Louis Henri Sullivan
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